Following the cataclysm of the Clown Apocalypse, researchers discovered there had been similar plagues throughout the ages. One of the worst outbreaks in history was the Great Buffoon Drive of ’47.
Many thought it started with an especially bad outbreak of the Laughing Flux – a terrible disease causing its victims to fart themselves to death. (Terrible, but hilarious.) Others are sure it was because of this clown: Josepheus the Jolly, aka JJ the Juggler, aka J-Bone the Frisky One with Night Terrors and Incredibly Inappropriate Footwear, aka Jilston Jugular Slitbank the Merciless Flensing Harbinger of Forever Not Sleeping.
He ate a lot of people on his way over the continental divide.
But more of them he just nibbled on, spreading a ur-bozo virus that was not as virulent as the one humanity barely survived in the 21st century.
Whatever the confluence of events, thousands of clowns made their way west in 1847, and so, the great state of California was born.
Alltop is feeling a mild case of the giggles.
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